Self development

New year, new you?

Happy New Year everyone.  As I write this the first week of January is over and all around me everyone is starting to get back into the swing of the 9-5.  I’m easing back in gently (this week being my first full week at work) and I have spent a lot of time since Christmas reflecting on whether to make any new year resolutions (I usually have some goals or good habits I’d like to develop) and if so, what would these look like?

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Self development

How to have a merry mindful Christmas

Hi everyone,

I’m currently ‘out of the office’ as it’s my birthday weekend & I’ve been put on an enforced no social media ban. Whilst I take some time out the lovely Alexandra is kicking us off in the first of my new series about how to navigate the festive season without losing your head or eating everything in sight – but also still having fun (it is Christmas after all).

Alexandra is a qualified and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist Coach who works within a therapeutic counselling framework. She coaches her clients on a one-to-one basis to help them discover what they truly want to achieve. She has experience of working with a range of different issues, including anxiety, low self-confidence and debilitating habits. Regardless of the problem, her clients always realise their full potential and get a new energy for life to start living their dreams after working with her.

I’m so happy to have her here on the blog and I hope you enjoy reading this post as much as I did. Without further ado, here we go…

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Self development

Gone fishing…

Hi everyone,

This week there will be a break from regular posts as I’m taking a little holiday to Lisbon. It’s much needed after a few weeks of intense Biology exams and essays.

I’ll be back next Sunday with the next post in the series of my sugar mini-masterclass.

If you can’t wait that long I’ll be posting over on my Instagram account – expect lots of food and beach photos. Until then, have a great week all.

Katie x

Food, Nutrition, Product Review, Self development

My I Quit Sugar story

If you follow me on Instagram then you will have spotted that I am pretty on board with the I Quit Sugar message.  This is a recent-ish turn of events and it wasn’t something I ever thought was an issue with my diet.  In fact, the complete opposite.  I was oblivious to how poor my diet was and lacking in a lot of nutritional value.  Let me explain…

Back in 2014 I was browsing a book shop killing time before a meeting (I was working a second job in retail and would often have to hang about after ‘big’ job to attend staff meetings or training sessions in the evenings after the shop closed.)  One of my favourite past times has always been browsing book shops.  I love them. The choices!  The possibilities! I literally spend hours inside.  I treat them like libraries (much to the annoyance, I’m sure, of the staff)

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Food, Nutrition, Self development

My ideas on cultivating a healthy relationship with food

Following on from this post I’ve been thinking about food and the complicated relationship that comes with it.  As well as sharing my thoughts with you I thought it might be helpful to share some practical ideas and steps that I used (and still use on a daily basis) to help me develop a positive and holistic relationship with food.

Let me pre-fix this by saying, as with anything, I can’t guarantee that any of these ideas will work for you.  Every body is different and what works for some won’t work for others but if you are interested in making some positive changes and don’t know where to start, maybe try some of these?

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Food, Nutrition, Self development

My relationship with food

This is a bit of a contemplative post today based on some recent feedback I’ve had on my eating habits.  Buckle up, this might get deep…

Diet, regime, balance, strategy; there are many ways we can talk about food and how we interact with it.  The term I prefer is relationship; because relationships are two way streets, as I believe your diet should be.  But just like being in a relationship with another person, this can take work.  Ultimately in a relationship both sides should be bringing good stuff to the (metaphorical and sometimes literal) table most of the time.

This post came about after two people in the same week independently commented that I have a healthy relationship with food.  A colleague (after watching me devour a brownie) said to me ‘I love your relationship with food, it’s so healthy and positive’ and another made a comment on an Instagram post I had done about eating out and how I find balance.  Up until this week I genuinely hadn’t thought of myself as having a balanced relationship with food.  Generally I try to stick to the 80/20 rule, eat lots of veggies on a good day, limit my meat and sugar intake and eat organically where possible but I don’t always manage this.  I’m human and sometimes I really want cake.  Or wine.  Or both at the same time.

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